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28 Weeks Later

An art house & international movie directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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Return of the Rage.

  • Oct 5, 2007
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Taking a play from the George Romero zombie-movie book, 28 WEEKS LATER--the sequel to the 2002 successful zombie picture 28 DAYS LATER directed by Danny Boyle--has none of the original characters from the original picture. Instead, the film revolves around new characters living in England in the aftermath of death and destruction caused by the Rage virus.

The picture begins during the time period of 28 DAYS LATER with a group of unaffected citizens attempting to survive in the English countryside until those infected with the virus die out. It looks like they will make it until the cottage they are staying in is attacked by a horde of zombies. A small battle ensues, but the survivals are outnumbered. Some of the survivors, including Donald Harris (Robert Carlyle) and his wife Alice (Catherine McCormick) try to make it to the escape route, a boat on the river. Things go terribly wrong and Catherine is attacked and bitten by the creatures. Thinking only of himself, Donald leaves his wife behind and succeeds in escaping down the river.

The movie then fast forwards seven months after the initial outbreak. The virus was contained and didn't escape the country of England. Those infected died within a few weeks. With the help of the United States military, the country is in the very initial stages of rebuilding while scientists attempt to develop an anti-virus should an outbreak of the Rage occur again. Donald meets his children who had been staying overseas in the U.S. and they attempt to rebuild their lives. The Harris children soon find themselves feeling like prisoners and unable to understand why they can't return to their old home since the virus is now contained. They sneak through the safety barrier and return to their old home. There they discover that their mother is still alive. It is later discovered that though she has not been affected by the virus, she is carrying it in her blood. With Mrs. Harris discovery, there is hope that an anti-virus might be developed from her blood. However, no one suspects how far love and guilt can push a person and London soon finds itself in the middle of another outbreak.

As far as sequels go, especially a zombie movie sequel, 28 WEEKS LATER is especially well done. Starting with the prologue that introduces some of the main characters and ties this film to the events from the original, 28 WEEKS LATER does an excellent job of remaining true to the mood and tone of 28 DAYS LATER, yet, sets up a completely different story that stands strong on its own. A person doesn't need to see 28 DAYS LATER to be able to enjoy 28 WEEKS LATER.

Personally, I was initially reluctant to see 28 WEEKS LATER because it wasn't directed by Danny Boyle (though he did direct some of the second unit filming). But after hearing positive remarks about the movie from close friends, I'm glad I saw the picture.

Recommended for anyone who has seen 28 DAYS LATER and people who like zombie movies.

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review by . June 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Yes I waited like 28 Months to see this one
When I saw 28 Days Later  it was a rather odd feeling film to me, see at the time I was so used to watching Hollywood films that everything else felt weird. As the movie when on it grew on me and I fell in love with it. It was one of the first British films i'd ever watched. So when i heard about the sequel i was super excited.      28 Weeks Later literally takes place 28 weeks after the first film. The last infected died months prior and Great Britain is being …
review by . October 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
JEREMY RENNER, ROBERT CARLYLE ARE GREAT IN THIS
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Quick Tip by . October 17, 2010
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I liked this second film and found it to be a fun flick but it did not seem as real as the first or even as fun. The story was good and the acting was good but it just fell a little short in my opinion.
review by . November 15, 2009
Step 1: Kill the infected. Step 2: Containment. If containment fails, then Step 3: Extermination.
England was ravaged by a biological nightmare.  Many of it's citizens were turned into raving homicidal lunatics because of a bio-weapon virus that mutated from monkey to man and spread like wildfire.  Those that were lucky enough to escape lived on the continent whilst the unfortunate ones were running for their lives from the infected,  28 weeks have passed and the people of the UK (assisted by the United States government are now able to return home under a tight military governance.  …
review by . January 01, 2010
Pros: the idea was good but the delivery stunk     Cons: many     The Bottom Line:   “And this is the end, the end  This is the end  Of the World”  ~performed by Muse     Sometimes I just don’t get it, or at least don’t get it like other folks do. I mistakenly got this 28 Weeks Later, thinking it was the original 28 Days Later, which I hadn’t seen for sometime and vaguely …
review by . March 22, 2009
While I am not going to preach about how great the first movie was, I felt these sequel just messed up too much to be an enjoyable film. To keep it simple, i will just list the cons and pros of the film.     Pros:     1) The first 10 minutes were very cool, and set the movie up for an incredible story, unfortunately, they flopped it.     2) A couple scenes were cool, I enjoyed the helicopter scene, although that was just utter gorefest …
review by . March 22, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
If the first film took its theme to be the collective inheritance of a militaristic and violent culture, this film is about the effects upon a family of personal guilt. But the theme is pounded in a bit too strongly by a series of coincidences and implausible developments, especially when one of the zombies (I mean "infected") develops a personal vendetta and somehow seems to already be waiting for the main characters everywhere they happen to decide to go.     Part of the appeal …
review by . June 30, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
There's always that extra obstacle to conquer when making sequels, for the lovers of the first movie the second needs a reason to exist, it has to be real, strong and carry the story further than one could have imagined. I really enjoyed "28 Days Later" because I got to see it in a half empty theater with a friend, and it felt so real and brutal that I walked out with my knees shaking. Then I saw this movie at home and while it still made me cringe I don't think that it was the lack of super sized …
review by . April 27, 2008
Pros: See review     Cons: See review     The Bottom Line: For the horror buff there should be nothing better.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Ah the zombie movie, time tested and dare I say worn out? I remember my first zombie film, 1987’s Dawn of the Dead; I was sixteen years old and I had nightmare for months afterwards. I didn’t watch another such film for years afterwards and even …
review by . August 29, 2007
Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002), I thought, had all the positive and negative traits of a typical Boyle film. The film had its moments of effective film making. The concept of "28 Days Later," however, is golden. Like George Romero's zombie flicks, the storyline of an incurable virus turning those infected into ravenous zombie-like murderers that is quarantined within the main British isle, is so ripe for possible sequels and spin-offs. As expected, a sequel is made --- grossly entitled "28 Weeks …
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As an exercise in pure, unadulterated terror,28 Weeks Lateris a worthy follow-up to its acclaimed predecessor,28 Days Later. In this ultraviolent sequel from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (hired on the strength of his 2001 thrillerIntacto), over six months have passed since the first film's apocalyptic vision of London overrun by infectious, plague-ridden zombies. Just when it seems the "rage virus" has been fully contained, and London is in the process of slowly recovering, an extremely unfortunate couple (Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack) is attacked by a small band of rampaging "ragers," and the cowardly husband escapes while his wife is attacked and presumably infected. Their surviving children (Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton) fall under the protection of a U.S. Army sharpshooter (Jeremy Renner), but nobody's safe for long as28 Weeks Latergoes into action-packed overdrive, with scene after blood-gushing scene of carnage and decimation. The film's visuals follow the look established in28 Days Later, this time with bigger and better scenes of a nearly abandoned London on the brink of utter destruction. The military subplot gets a bold assist from Harold Perrineau (as a daring helicopter pilot) and Idris Elba (in a too-brief role as the military commander), and their firepower--not to mention the efficient lethality of helicopter blades--turns28 Weeks Laterinto a nonstop bloodbath that's way too intense for younger ...
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Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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